Essay Topic 1
The rose is mentioned only in passing throughout the book, yet constitutes the title. What is the meaning of the rose? How is it mentioned in the text, and how might it be seen as a metaphor?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the Dominican order with the Franciscan order. What different beliefs do the two orders espouse? What might they have in common? What political causes might be linked to the different orders?
Essay Topic 3
A variety of languages, from Provençal to English to Latin, are used throughout the book. What is the significance of language in the novel? How do the “Italians” separate themselves from the others, and why is this important? How might reading this text in translation help us? Why did Eco not translate certain parts of French, Latin, and other languages found in the text?
Essay Topic 4
A book is at...
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